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Chart Chat Edition 790 – W/C 11.01.15

Chart Chat Edition 790 – Week Commencing Sunday 11th January 2015


Welcome to edition 790 of Chart Chat, the music review site which has been running for over fifteen years.  You can find us on Twitter as @ChartChatUK so feel free to follow us and pass comment on the weeks new releases yourselves.  As always we will take a look at the current top forty followed by some reviews of the weeks new releases.  There is a new edition published weekly so if you are new here then I hope you will choose to revisit.

Chart Review

There were two new entries, two re-entries, eleven climbers, twenty one songs going down and four non movers on this weeks chart. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars retained the top spot with ‘Uptown Funk’ for another week, and once again their nearest challenge came from Philip George who was also a non mover at no.2 with ‘Wish You Were Mine’.

Ed Sheeran was a non mover at no.3 with ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato went back up two places to no.4 with ‘Up’. Hozier climbed five to no.5 with ‘Take Me To Church’ and Taylor Swift fell one to no.6 with ‘Blank Space’. Tchami featuring Kaleem Taylor went straight in at no.7 with ‘Promesses’ and Ben Haenow fell four to no.8 with ‘Something I Need’. Alesso featuring Tove Lo got a non mover at no.9 with ‘Heroes (We Could Be)’ and the top ten was concluded by Meghan Trainor who fell three to no.10 with ‘All About The Bass’.

There were four climbers to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynn went up three to no.11 and Sam Smith climbed three to no.13 with ‘Like I Can’. One Direction went up five to no.14 with ‘Night Changes’ and Blonde featuring Melissa Steel climbed twelve to no.19 with ‘I Loved You’.

There was one new entry, two re-entries and five climbers in the lower half of this weeks chart. David Guetta featuring Sam Martin went up one to no.21 with ‘Dangerous’ and Sia climbed two to no.22 with ‘Chandelier’. Sam Smith went up two to no.24 with ‘I’m Not The Only One’ and Kanye West featuring Paul McCartney climbed seven to no.28 with ‘Only One’. Sigma featuring Paloma Faith went up one to no.32 with ‘Changing’ and Beyonce re-entered at no.33 with ‘7/11’. James Bay re-entered at no.38 with ‘Hold Back The River’ and Echosmith got a new entry at no.39 with ‘Cool Kids’.

New Releases

Gwen Stefani – ‘Baby Don’t Lie’

Gwen Stefani released this single in other territories last October, and as such I am unsure as to why she delayed its UK appearance for so long. The promotional video has already picked up over 11.8m views around the world and there is every indication that this will add to her growing tally of UK hits. She has achieved nine top forty hits as a solo artist with six of those going on to reach the top five although she has yet to reach the top spot.  For now her highest charting single remains ‘The Sweet Escape’ which peaked at no.2 back in 2007. It has been over seven years since she last appeared on the chart on her own with ‘4 In The Morning’, but she did return to the album chart in 2012 as part of No Doubt with their comeback ‘Push & Shove’. This is certainly the biggest release of the week and is on track to put in a challenge for the top spot next Sunday afternoon.

Jessie Ware – ‘You & I (Forever)’

Although ‘Devotion’, the debut album by Jessie Ware, reached the top five, none of the singles taken from it managed to reach the top forty. Her fortunes seem to have changed now with her last two singles ‘Tough Love’ and ‘Say You Love Me’ reaching the top forty. Both featured on her recent top ten album ‘Tough Love’ and this week sees the release of her brand new single ‘You & I (Forever)’. It is available as a digital bundle featuring three brand new mixes; the Kidnap Kid Remix, the Shift Key Remix and the SG Lewis Remix. The track has got off to a great start with the promotional video notching up over 1m views during its first month of upload to her Vevo account. Given the relative lack of new releases at this time of year I think that this will do well for her and it should become her first ever top twenty hit at the weekend.

Laura Doggett – ‘Old Faces’

This week sees singer Laura Doggett release her new single ‘Old Faces’ on the Sony label. It’s the follow up to her critically acclaimed single ‘Moonshine’ which she performed live on this weeks Andrew Marr BBC show. If you thought this tune sounded familiar then you have probably heard it underneath the trailer to the ITV series Broadchurch. She is scheduled to appear live at Shakespeares Globe next week but she also has March dates planned in Bath, Bristol and Exeter.  She cites her influences as including Tracy Chapman, Annie Lennox and Imogen Heap and each of those is in evidence here. Now that she has three singles under her belt we can hope to see an album from her before the year is out. For now this is her best chance of securing a debut hit single so I’m sure she will be keeping a keen eye on the top forty next Sunday afternoon.

Kant vs MK – ‘Ey Yo’

Next up under review is ‘Ey Yo’ by Kant which has already appeared on several different compilation albums but has not yet become a chart hit in its own right. This week could see all that change as it gets a full release on the Warner Brothers label as both a single track download (featuring the Radio Edit) and a digital bundle which contains four brand new mixes; the Kant vs MK Mix, the Original Mix, the Grades Remix and the Crookers Remix. MK has had considerable success as a remixer and has worked on tracks by Rudimental featuring Becky Hill, Lana Del Rey, Paloma Faith, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding and Wankelmut & Emma Louise to name but a few. Whether his magic can help this to make the transition over to the mainstream chart remains to be seen but I certainly think that it stands a very good chance next Sunday afternoon.

Rae Morris – ‘Under The Shadows’

Blackpool based singer Rae Morris releases her brand new single ‘Under The Shadows’ this week and it is available as a digital bundle which also contains the Waze & Odyssey Remix as the bonus track. The single will feature on her forthcoming album ‘Unguarded’ which gets its full release in two weeks time. She is about to undertake a twelve date tour during February which concludes in Norwich on the 16th February. Although she is only just releasing her first long player this is actually her eighth single release and it could be the first to reach the top forty. The promotional video to the track was uploaded at the end of November and has picked up well over 125k views during its first month. Overall my expectation is that fans will choose to wait for her album rather than downloading this as a standalone track.

Also released this week are ‘Only The Lonely’ by Indiana and ‘Rabbit Hole’ by Jamie T.

Next Week…

It’s hard to see any of this weeks new releases ending Mark Ronson’s reign at the top so he should add another week to his growing tally. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles are set to include Holly Johnson, Jess Mattic, Laura Welsh and Meghan Trainor. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

11 January, 2015 - Posted by | ChartChat

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